Tasmania Bird WatchingAuthor: Carl from Pahrump (More Trip Reviews by Carl from Pahrump)
Date of Trip: February 2007
At the lagoon in Scamander (41.463S 148.265E) we hit the jackpot - Hooded Plovers, Spur-winged Plovers, and Red-capped Plovers.
We stopped at the Captain's Catch for lunch. My wife had fried Blue Eyed Fish with chips. I had 9 fried calamaris. I have never seen such large calamaris -- and Beautiful.
We drove to the Bay of Fires NP at the end of the East Coast road (41.170S 148.282E). It was scenic, but blustery.
We took the long way home thru the mountains, which required us to cross the St Mary Pass (41.580S 148.184E). The road was scenic, but narrow. The pay-off for this hassle was stopping at the Mt Elephant Pancake Barn (41.632S 148.236E) for dessert. My wife had a crepe filled with fresh raspberry jam and topped with whipped cream. I had a chocolate banana split.
At the bottom of the mountain we stopped to look at a field of domestic geese. We then spotted 7 Tasmanian Native-hens and one Black Currawong.
On Feb 4 we got up in time to see a Wallaby and Joey munching on the Germanium bush at our cottage (they turn in for the day about 9am).
We drove to the bakery in town for Cappuccino, Chai Latte, and Apricot Slice (we would call it Apricot Crisp). A good way to start the day!
We walked along the waterfront looking for a place to sit in the shade. The trees were blooming everywhere, which brought in heaps of New Holland and Yellow-throated Honeyeaters, as well as Little and Yellow Wattlebirds.
In the late afternoon we went for a walk along Governor Island. A fisherman was offshore cleaning his catch to the approval of the gull mob.
For dinner we went to the Sea Life Center for Crayfish; a.k.a. Tasmanian Rock Lobster. My wife had a char grilled half-Lobster with butter, garlic and parsley. I had a half-Lobster prepared Thermadore style (cheese, Dijon mustard, and garlic). The lobsters were harvested locally - you see lobster traps everywhere. This was the sweetest and tenderest lobster we ever had.
On Feb 5 we were off at 6:45am for the hour drive to catch the ferry to Marie Island NP. Before the voyage to the island we had Carrot Cake for Br at the Bakehouse in Tribunna.
We arrived at Marie Island (42.581S 148.066E) at 10:30am. Right off the boat we saw mobs of Cape Barren Geese and Tasmanian Native Hens.
We headed into the Eucalyptus forest on the Mt Marie track. It was hard at first to see any birds because of the Tree Martins whizzing past our heads. As we walked up the mountain track we saw Black-headed Honeyeaters, got a brief glimpse of two Blue-winged Parrots, saw a Forty Spotted Pardalote, and photographed a Green Rosella munching a seed cone.
Back at the base area we briefly toured the old penal colony complex.
We caught the 4pm boat back to Tribunna. For about half the ride we had 2 Spinner Dolphins following the boat power surfing in the wake - quite a show! We got back to Bicheno at 6pm. We had a Sea Food Platter for two at the Sea Life Center.
On Feb 6 we stayed at the cottage till 9am and started for Hobart. We stopped at 9 Mile Beach, but it was too cool and blustery to stay out long.
We stopped in Swansea for lunch. My wife got a mushroom tartlet filled with caramelized onions, goat cheese and capsicum. I had an Eye Fillet steak with a pumpkin curry sauce and green beans. Beautiful! We got to Hobart at 3pm.
On Feb 7 we got to Mt Wellington City Park (42.885S 147.221E) outside Hobart at 8am. It was clear when we arrived, but by the time we got to the top of the Mt we were in the clouds -- and it was cold.
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